UVa Golfers Face Nation's Best at Fall Preview
Charlottesville, VA – The 18th-ranked Virginia women’s golf team competes in the premier event of the fall season this weekend when the Cavaliers travel to Wilmington, N.C. for The NCAA Fall Preview/Landfall Tradition. The 54-hole tournament is being held at The Landfall Tradition Pete Dye Course, the site of the 2010 NCAA Championships. Play takes place Friday through Sunday starting at 8:30 a.m. each day. The final round features a shotgun start.
The 18-team field features 16 teams ranked in the current top-30 by Golfstat. Highlighting that group is top-ranked UCLA and second-ranked Arizona State, the 2009 NCAA Champions. The rest of the field includes: No. 9 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn, No. 24 Denver, No. 13 Duke, No. 8 Georgia, No. 12 LSU, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 30 New Mexico, North Carolina, No. 16 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 3 Purdue, No. 5 Southern California, UNC Wilmington and No. 20 Wake Forest.
Teams are extended an invitational to The Fall Preview based on a high finish at the previous year’s NCAA Championships. UVa placed eighth at the 2009 NCAAs.
Virginia’s lineup will be the same from its last outing at the Tar Heel Invitational. Freshmen Nicole Agnello and Brittany Altomare will be joined by senior Whitney Neuhauser, junior Calle Nielson and redshirt freshman Lauren Greenlief. Altomare and Agnello share the team lead with identical 73.86 stroke averages.
This year The Fall Preview is also serving as the annual playing of UNCW’s Landfall Tradition tournament. Virginia won the tournament in 2006, the first victory in the history of the program.
Virginia is paired with LSU and New Mexico during the opening round Friday. Live scoring of the event is online at Golfstat.com.